PMP® Course: Preparation for Project Management Institute® PMP® and CAPM® Examinations

Course Length: Five days


The goal of this class is to prepare students to successfully pass the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) exam. This five day class is a rapid infusion of information targeted toward increasing their ability and the probability that they will pass the exam. It will also meet the requirements for the 35 hours of contact education required for registering for the PMP® exam. It also meets the definition of PDU.
Some participants may use this class at the beginning of their preparation and may plan to take the examination at some point in the future. Others will use this class as a capstone experience and take the examination soon after the class. This class focuses on the materials included in the PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition, which is the principal source of questions on the PMP® exam. It also includes materials from “other authoritative sources” of project management literature, which are also tested on the exam.
Because this class is intended to prepare you to successfully take the exam, the flow of the course is directed toward that end. During the class, practice exams will be administered to test your readiness to take the exam. Those questions are similar in difficulty to PMP® exam questions. You are not required to share your results on sample exam or achieve a particular score in order to get “credit” for this workshop. The test is there to help you learn and assess your progress.

This class is organized around the various types of PMP® exam questions and provides guidance for them. In general, this class positions you to answer what we regard to be the four types of PMP® exam questions[1]:
• Context questions, which test your understanding of the role of the project manager, the responsibilities of that manager and other organizational implications of project management including professional responsibility. These concepts can be a direct source of questions or can provide necessary background for the exam’s situational questions.
• Process questions, which test your understanding of the processes that make up the core of the project management method described in the PMBOK® Guide. These materials provide an explanation of each of those processes with easy-to-understand visuals that can help you master these processes. Though all 42 processes are testable on the exam, some of those processes are more critical than others. Those critical processes will be identified in the materials.
• Definitional questions, which test your understanding of key project management terminology.
• Application questions, which test your ability to apply a defined set of methods and perform the necessary calculations. Note that not all exams will contain the requirement to apply all methods. A wise student will, however, be prepared to perform any of these calculations. Because these calculations do not require the use of judgment, as do many situational questions, they are regarded by some exam takers as “easier” questions. Don’t miss the opportunity to score well on these questions.

Target Student:

This course is based on the 5th edition of the PMBOK®.


The target student for this workshop is a project manager beginning to prepare for the PMP® or CAPM certification exam or one who wants a capstone for preparation. Students should visit the PMI® website and ensure that they meet the stringent experiential requirements necessary to take the exam.

Course Outline

1. Introduction
• PMP® and CAPM Exam Requirements
• Exam Questions
• PMBOK® 5

2. What is a Project?
• PM Definitions
• Skills Every Project Manager Needs
• Understanding Organizational Structures
• Understanding Project Life Cycles and Project Management Processes
• Exam Question

3. Project Charters
• Project Management Knowledge Areas
• How Do Projects Come About?
• Kicking off the Project Charter
• Formalizing and Publishing the Project Charter
• Identifying Stakeholders
• Exam Questions

4. Project Scope Statement
• Developing the Project Management Plan
• Plan Scope Management
• Collecting Requirements
• Defining Scope
• Writing the Project Scope Statement
• Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
• Exam Questions

5. Developing the Project Budget and Communicating the Plan
• Creating the Project Cost Management Plan
• Estimating Costs
• Estimating the Cost Baseline
• Understanding Stakeholders
• Communicating the Plan
• Exam Questions

6. Risk Planning
• Planning Your Risk Management
• Identifying Potential Risk
• Analyzing Risks Using Qualitative Techniques
• Quantifying Risk
• Developing a Risk Response Plan
• Exam Questions

7. Planning Project Resources
• Planning Your Risk Management
• Identifying Potential Risk
• Analyzing Risks Using Qualitative Techniques
• Quantifying Risk
• Developing a Risk Response Plan
• Exam Questions

8. Developing the Project Team
• Directing and Managing Project Work
• Acquiring the Project Team
• Developing the Project Team
• Managing Project Teams
• Exam Questions

9. Conducting Procurements and Sharing Information
• Conducting Procurements
• Laying out Quality Assurance Procedures
• Managing Project Information
• Managing Stakeholder Engagement
• Exam Questions

10. Measuring and Controlling Project Performance
• Monitoring and Controlling Project Work
• Controlling Procurements
• Controlling Communications
• Managing Perform Integrated Change Control
• Exam Questions

11. Controlling Work Results
• Monitoring and Controlling Risk
• Managing Cost Changes
• Monitoring and Controlling Schedule Changes
• Utilizing Control Quality Techniques
• Controlling Scope
• Exam Questions

12. Closing the Project
• Formulating Project Closeout
• Closing Out the Project
• Closing Out the Procurements
• Balancing Stakeholder’s Interests at Project Close
• Professional Responsibility
• Applying Professional Knowledge
• Exam Questions